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Phoenix—Geraldine Furst was raised on the adage that if you have two apples, you give one away. If you have two dollars, you share. It's a philosophy she continues to practice today.

Jeff moved into my neighborhood from New York City in the seventh grade. He and I quickly became good friends. We enjoyed all the things that 13-year-old boys liked. We rode our bikes, explored the backyards between our houses and walked to the local arcade to play pinball.

Military and private practice members invited ADA publication of "incredible results" from a four-month, seven-nation mission involving international dental professionals, faculty and students, pre-dental and allied volunteers.

Atlanta—Dr. William G. Kohn, who has served "with distinction" in military and Public Health Service dental leadership, was named director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of oral health effective Sept. 8.

Houston—The Hispanic Dental Association will hold its 17th annual meeting Oct. 22-24 at the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel.

The ADA is preparing guidance to help dentists comply with the Department of Health and Human Service's interim final rule effective later this month that regulates when and how they must notify patients if their health care information has been exposed in a security breach.

More than 100 program planners, health care professionals, dental society staff, community advocates and others gathered at ADA Headquarters June 25-26 to compare strategies, offer advice and learn from others at the third annual Promising Practices Symposium.

CareCredit, an ADA Business Resources-endorsed provider of dental financing for patients, has launched a new online resource center with a two-fold purpose: to make it easier for patients to manage their health care line of credit and help them make personalized health and financial decisions.

Honolulu—Register by Sept. 3 to save time and money when planning a trip to the ADA's 150th annual session in Honolulu Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

Washington—President Barak Obama Aug. 12 named Sidney Poitier as a recipient of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation's highest civilian honor.

New York—The Columbia University School of Dental Medicine scored one for the home team this year with a $250,000 donation from New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Findings from the 4th ADA Survey of Economic Confidence reveal pockets of prosperity for 10 to 20 percent of responding dentists, while almost 50 percent report that key dental metrics are still trending in a negative direction.

Dentists are finding new strategies to combat the current economic downturn, according to the 4th ADA Survey of Economic Confidence. They say patient needs are different now and they're modifying their practices accordingly.

"Body, Mind & Soul: Thriving in a Chaotic World," will explore well-being issues for optimal health and work-life balance.

Silver Spring, Md.—The Food and Drug Administration moved quickly to assert new tobacco control authority, inviting public and professional advice and establishing a Center for Tobacco Products.

West Allis, Wis.—The Wisconsin Dental Association Dental Home continuing education initiative is not only reaching its members with an important message, but stretching past state lines to tripartite members in 49 other states.

The ADA's Continuing Education Recognition Program has revised its recognition standards and procedures, re-evaluated a mutual recognition process with the Academy of General Dentistry and released a new logo.

Honolulu—The ADA's interactive Education in the Round live patient courses at annual session will reach beyond the convention center to thousands of North American dental students via live webcast.

One of the first dentists who befriended me when I joined the local dental society was an elderly member of the group who wanted to refer an endodontic patient. There were no endodontists in town at that time.

Norfolk, Va.—An annual dental mission/education exchange program in Vietnam was born through the vision of two dedicated senior students at the University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1997.

The ADA Catalog is featuring discounts on its practice transitions guide and on popular brochures.

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